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Thirty Years of Roger Clemens

Thirty years ago today I was introduced to a guy named Roger Clemens.  He would beat the Mariners 3-1 that night in front of just 13,000 fans at Fenway Park. The Red Sox would move to 10-8 on the season but the big story was how Clemens won the game. He would pitch 9 innings, give up just 3 hits, 1 run and oh yeah...he would strike out 20 batters. Clemens would raise his record to 4-0. He would win his next ten decisions to start the season 14-0. He would eventually win the AL Cy Young and the AL MVP that season. As for the Red Sox, they would do pretty well too. 1986 was a special season as the Red Sox  would go on to win the AL East and the ALCS and of course would come just an out away from being World Champions. It all started 30 years ago. The Red Sox had not won more than 90 games in a season since 1979 which was also the last season Fenway had drawn more than two million fans. 1986 changed everything and in particular that cold night in late April. Despite the lousy attendance…

Is This Heaven? No, It's Columbia. SC

It was 2003 in Capital City Stadium where I got to witness Scott Kazmir of the Capital City Bombers face Hanley Ramirez of the Augusta Greenjackets. It is what makes minor league baseball great, two top prospects facing off as kids. It would be the last minor league baseball game I would see in Columbia for a long time. Columbia, SC would lose the Bombers the next year and go twelve years without a professional baseball team. It made no sense. Adding insult to injury, the Bombers would move to Greenville and become a Red Sox affiliate and play in a brand new ballpark designed to look like Fenway Park. Talk about a kick in the gut. Baseball is back in Columbia and it is better than ever. The Columbia Fireflies, a New York Mets affiliate once again, opened up their brand new park facing who else but the Greenville Drive. Spirit Communications Park has very little in common with Capital City Stadium and really any ballpark in the South Atlantic League. The spacious press box not only pr…

Clay Buchholz: The Mental Midget

Clay Buchholz was dominant in his first start last season. It was Opening Day against the Phillies and he looked like an ace. I was not fooled then and last night didn't shock me. Here is a blog post I did last year on April 29th. What I wrote is as true now as it was then. It is also some great advice for some of you who can't stand to watch Clay pitch. Here it is: April 29th, 2015 As I went through my twitter timeline last night I saw a lot of angry tweets from Red Sox fans as they endured watching Clay Buchholz pitch. It made me sigh in relief. I used to be one of those people. Those days are gone. I officially gave up on Clay Buchholz ever becoming a top pitcher last year. Curt Schilling has been saying this for a while now, he has the stuff just not anything in between his ears. Opening Day did make me raise my eyebrows a bit, I even thought to myself that maybe I was wrong. Maybe the role as "ace" will transform his fragile head. Nope. Clay is the classic front…